With the launch of National Childhood Obesity Week, the coalition is challenged by the National Obesity Forum and Mend, a social enterprise helping obese children, to set out a clear strategy for coping with obesity.
What shall we tell the children? It’s a common enough question in these straitened times. As financial gloom touches everyone’s lives and livelihoods, it is well to recognise that social and economic deprivation and the physiological stress factors associated with chronic poverty provide the fertile conditions in which ill health, including obesity, can flourish. But these aren’t the only factors that relate to the pressing need to take effective action on what must be one of the government’s primary health concerns.